Reviewer:a e b
September 16, 2017 Subject:
This book covers plane curves: cubics, quartics, etc. The book has wide coverage, although it is now quite old. But it is still a source for open problems. Papers are still being published that look at things mentioned in these pages. There are more complete works that look at particular aspects covered in these pages. Coolidge, A Treatise on Higher Plane Curves, is along the same lines, but at a slightly higher level, introducing concepts bypassed by Salmon. Emmy Noether's thesis is devoted to ternary quartic invariants, a topic first broached in detail in Salmon. Hilda P. Hudson, Cremona Transformations, takes that area well beyond what is covered in these pages. For treatment from a modern viewpoint, try Griffiths, Introduction to Algebraic Curves, or Walker, Algebraic Curves. However, Salmon is my favorite, having read it in 1965. I still read it from time to time.